In this Quast we talk about immortality, which is a common trope in literature. Who seeks immortality in stories? It's usually bad guys, and it usually has some sort of extreme price,catch or dark side, so much so that people actually believe that if immortality WAS real that it would somehow be an evil thing. The fact is that most of the possible downsides are cultural constructions or justifications for our own mortality, if immortality WAS a real thing we don't really know what the down sides would be… But this means that the trope of immortality is not as limited as we've come to believe; it's wide open to be re-written and redefined. And a not, the story mentioned in the Quackcast was The Trouble With Lichen and it was by John Wyndham, not Roald Dahl. Gunwallace's theme for the week was for The Beard. This one is creepy and magical, just the type of music you’d associate with alien hair follicles, it brings to mind strange activity on a microscopic level inside the skin… unsettling! Topics and shownotes Featured comic: The Cherub Brothers - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2017/jul/10/featured-comic-the-cherub-brothers/ Links: Immortality from this thread - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177698/ Trouble with lichen by John Wyndham - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trouble_with_Lichen Quotes at the start from Hamlet - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_be,_or_not_to_be Special thanks to: Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/ PitFace - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/ Ozoneocean - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean Featured music: The Beard - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Beard/, by Trinket Trance, rated M.